Science and Mathematics
I was a civil engineer in the private sector, and before that worked as a water engineer and missionary in South Sudan.
My family has many ties to Temple. I knew that going here would provide me a chance to study under great professors, teach and learn beside an accomplished Philadelphia teacher, and be financially solvent (stipend!). Dr. Lee (Program Manager) also spoke about the program with a passion and excitement I could not turn down.
I have really enjoyed being able to spend a year with my students and having my cohort there to support me. Faculty have been knowledgeable and resourceful. Additionally, my mentor has taught me more than possibly anyone in my professional life has ever taught me until now.
I believe in the power of empowering a community through education. While I was working as a civil engineering missionary in South Sudan, in addition to my physical work to improve the local infrastructure, I had the opportunity to work as a community educator. I realized that I really enjoyed teaching and wanted to pursue teaching as a full time commitment.
Why Middle School
I remember not enjoying being a middle school student, but my students have been quite compassionate and kind. As young adolescents, these students are experiencing many new changes, including increasing abilities to learn. They are a little bit “crazy” and there is a lot of variability in how each student learns and develops, but that means I can make class fun and interactive. I have loved developing and implementing learning experiences for them and watching them as they grow. It has been really rewarding to be a small but positive part of this process.
Life in Philly
I grew up here and almost my entire (and large) extended family is here. So I spend a lot of quality time with them. Despite growing up here, my wife and I enjoy spending time to discover new things by exploring this great city!
Best Experience This Year
In the final interactive lessons I had with students, they began to show some really great collaborative/STEM skills that reflected the lessons and discussions we had worked on through the year. I think I would have enjoyed just sitting back and watching them show all that they had learned had it not been for the fact that I needed to be in there teaching and taking formative assessments of them while they worked!
Three words to describe TTR
Exciting, Demanding, Growing (to greatness)
Interesting tidbit about me
I like doing things with my hands, like gardening and building random things.
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